To develop nanofibers potentially capable of filtering
out viruses, bacteria and hazardous nanoparticles,
Juan P. Hinestroza, assistant professor in the fiber
science program of the Department of Textiles and
Apparel in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell,
has won a James D. Watson Investigator Award for
$200,000 over two years from the New York State Office
of Science, Technology and Academic Research.
Hinestroza plans to develop a high-tech, nanoscale
fiber spinning process capable of producing nanofibers
for high-performance filtration of contaminants,
biological agents and hazardous but very small particles.
It is expected that such novel filtration systems
will be capable of providing protection against such
hazardous substances as toxic mold and infectious
agents, including severe acute respiratory syndrome
(SARS) and the H5N1 strain of avian influenza.
Hinestroza, who joined the Cornell faculty earlier
this semester, focuses his research on understanding
complex phenomena at the nanoscale that are of fundamental
relevance to fiber science. Some of his work includes
the use of self-assembly and atomic layer deposition
methods to develop smart textiles as well as the
production of polymeric multifunctional nanofibers.
The purpose of the James D. Watson Investigator
Program is to assist New York state's leading research
institutions to recognize, retain and professionally
develop early career scientists who demonstrate leadership
potential at the frontier of knowledge in the life
sciences and to conduct research that is anticipated
to enhance economic development in the state.
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